Sunday, 12 February 2012

slow sunday - 10 hour chicken

just look at those succulent juices

... sometimes, when you're feeling super-lazy and the best you can do is stay in your pyjamas all day, what you really want is for someone else to come into the house and cook a glorious roast chicken for you... and then clean the kitchen afterwards whilst you lay groaning on the sofa rubbing your belly... this rarely happens and short of starting my own 'meals on wheels for the bone idle'... which, believe me, I have thought long and hard about... I don't think will ever happen...

... I do however, have a very lazy alternative, which is this 10 hour roast chicken... for which I cannot take the credit, it comes from Gwyneth Paltrow and I have blogged about its genius before... and planned correctly you can have an amazing plate of glorious, moist, fall-off-the-bone chicken... you will NOT believe how much tasty juice comes out of one bird... and all you've really done is turned the oven on... oh and get your home-slave to make the vegetables...

10 Hour Roast Chicken
this is my ultra-slow Sunday dish, going out to the wonderfully succulent Karen who does a regular Slow Sunday feature on her blog Lavender and Lovage... my trick with this dish is to do all the prep the night before because then all you have to do is wake up, shuffle downstairs, switch the oven on, bung the chicken in and go back to bed...

1 regular, free-range chicken
1 onion - roughly chopped
1 stick of celery - roughly chopped
a handful of fresh thyme
salt and pepper

- boil the kettle and then once boiled, place the chicken into the sink and pour the water over it

- place the chicken into an roasting dish, scatter the veg around and within, place the thyme inside the cavity, season and then wrap tightly in foil.

- place in your oven at 110C for nice and a half hours

- after this time, take the foil off, turn the oven up to 180C and brown the chicken... you will not regret this method, if only for the pint or so of the most wonderful juicy gravy...

eat and of course, enjoy!



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